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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 18:52

Achievement unlocked: room reclaimed

Written by Katy England

We don't have a basement. This is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, we have radiant floor heating which is really nice during this unending winter. On the other hand, storage space is at a premium.

When the kids started changing their high water marks which is to say, standing up, walking and accessing shelves of ever-higher levels - we started moving things out of their reach. When they showed a penchant for wanting to destroy bound books, all of our important bookshelves were moved into our room. When a bouncy car, swing or toy was outgrown (or simply became too annoying to last downstairs), it found its way into our room.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 13:05

Power plays

Written by Katy England

Losing power used to be such a big deal. After they were born, we brought our triplets home from the NICU separately. The third bean came home during hurricane Irene and we promptly lost power for seven hours. Back then, we were feeding the kids every 3-4 hours, needing to thaw milk and warm bottles. No power it meant no hot water - which was problematic.

We ended up heating water on the propane grill outside during the storm. That year we seemed to lose power whenever someone looked at the power lines cross-eyed. That winter was fraught with the stress of not having heat, hot water and the possibility of losing light after dark. Having three infants at the same time was already intense; adding to that felt cruel.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:44

Doing my bidding

Written by Katy England

Ever since it became generally known that I was having triplets, people have made reference to the fact that I will have minions to do my bidding. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened yet.

Because I'm not a wicked witch, I can't just wave my broom and watch the kiddos do chores. I have to show them. That inevitably means I have helpers. But 'helpers' isn't the right word for what's going on there.

Monday, 19 January 2015 13:47

Bad influences

Written by Katy England

I am a bad influence on children and dogs. I don't even own any dogs. But it's true. When I see a happy puppy, I want to play with it, get it riled up and excited you know, not calm and sedate like many people like their dogs. I don't mind puppy kisses, and I kind of want to give them treats for no good reason other than the fact that they are dogs and therefore awesome. I inject chaos into the lives of dog owners.

And with our kids it's much the same. I like to rile them up, play with them until they are giggling and out of breath and absolutely fired up. I'm the person who taught them how to pillow fight. I taught them that beds were bouncy, that splashing is fun and we all know most kids don't need encouragement to splash in puddles.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:41

What's worse?

Written by Katy England

The question of what is worse - being sick with three healthy kids or being sick with three sick kids - is really hard to answer. But I think I finally have an answer: being sick with three sick kids who don't exactly act sick. As in, they have the goop, they have the coughs, they probably have all the things that I have but can only express how achy and tired they are by being rude.

Which is awesome.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 21:36

The tank engines of war

Written by Katy England

Christmas was pretty awesome. Kids came downstairs, marveled at the lights that we had put up last-minute, ate breakfast, opened presents and had a lovely time. This was after a lovely evening of decorating cookies at Grammy and Grampy's house, playing with their cousin on my husband's side, and much joy and fun to be had. Merry, merry!

Second Christmas was also great. My brother and sister-in-law came with four cousins of various ages and heights (from smaller than my kids to taller than everyone else in the house) and much fun was had playing, high-fiving, giggling and opening even more presents. Merry, merry!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 19:37

Things I don't have to do anymore

Written by Katy England

A look back on 2014 as a crazy mom

Time is such a relative thing when you're a parent. It goes so slow and so fast all at the same time. The hour ramping up to bedtime can seem to drag on for an eternity, but suddenly they stop doing a thing that you kind of fell in love with and you wish could rewind a few weeks to do it just one last time.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 23:58

Gifts we give, gifts we receive

Written by Katy England

Stuff is everywhere. I have so much stuff that if I'm not constantly getting rid of some of it, we run the real risk of being buried. With the onset of Christmas, there will be more stuff it is inevitable. After all, they keep growing.

And I will be the first to admit, I am part of the problem. If left to his own devices, my husband would probably trash a good three-quarters of their toys and he's right, they wouldn't even notice. But I've never really grown up past the phase of loving blocks, and I have this sick desire to build a wooden metropolis on the coffee table. So, despite the fact that I've bruised the bottom of my feet repeatedly, stepping on various shapes of wooden pain, I don't want to get rid of any. That is sick.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 01:01

Gifts we give, gifts we receive

Written by Katy England

Stuff is everywhere. I have so much stuff that if I'm not constantly getting rid of some of it, we run the real risk of being buried. With the onset of Christmas, there will be more stuff it is inevitable. After all, they keep growing.

And I will be the first to admit, I am part of the problem. If left to his own devices, my husband would probably trash a good three-quarters of their toys and he's right, they wouldn't even notice. But I've never really grown up past the phase of loving blocks, and I have this sick desire to build a wooden metropolis on the coffee table. So, despite the fact that I've bruised the bottom of my feet repeatedly, stepping on various shapes of wooden pain, I don't want to get rid of any. That is sick.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:36

Edge Staff Mom - Seeing, double triple or more

Written by Katy England

More things to think about if you're having multiples

People will want to give you duplicates of things. When our kids were really little, I used think that was a terrible idea. But then they started ruining things. Once they started destroying board books, having three copies of 'Good Night Moon' was suddenly a good thing.

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